So, last night I got out of work around 1am and was walking by this delicatessen that my girlfriend's brother said he had had some good pastrami and really great fries at and I was jonesing for a sandwich. They're open 24 hrs, so I strolled on in and ensconced myself in a booth and ordered a pastrami on rye, fries and a chocolate egg cream. The waitress asked me if I wanted coleslaw and pickles to which I heartily said yes. The slaw was ok, mayo based and a little too wet for my taste. the sour pickle was good, but I'm just not a fan of the half sours. They always taste like a cucumber with commitment issues to me (do you wanna be a pickle or don't ya?). The egg cream was ok. I've had better and I do love it when the presentation is in the traditional soda fountain glass. That being said, I saw my waitress make it and she certainly knew how to put a proper white head on it. I think the bill came to $21.00 altogether with tip. They have a pretty big menu and would go back again although not regularly as I'm trying to cut back on the heavy stuff.
Outside Sarge's (3rd Avenue between 37th and 36th Streets (New York City)-open 24hrs)
The awning outside.
A long shot inside the deli. This place is definitely without pretensions. The tin ceiling and well worn leather booths have been around for some time. I was talking to one of the waitresses before I left explaining to her why I was photographing my food and and realized she probably thought I was strange, judging by the look on her face. She said, "You're not from around here, are you?" When I went to take this picture she was just inside the frame and said "You better not take my picture, I'll break your lens. I'm too ugly." You can't get that kind of banter most places these days.
The counter had a lot of different fish and salads to choose from. Not really my thing though.
My pastrami sandwich with some fries staged on the plate. This was very thinly sliced meat and I thought it was good. It didn't occur to me to ask for thick sliced. I've had better at Harold's in Edison, NJ (sorry haven't made it Katz's or Carnegie yet). I only ate half of it as it WAS approaching 2am and thought better of having a whole sandwich in me as I walked home. I did eat the other half this evening warmed up and it was very tasty.
The big reason I came were these babies and they didn't disappoint. I've cutting back on the fried stuff as of late, but these were well worth it. Crispy on the outside and so utterly incredibly creamy on the inside and not at all greasy. These seem to be cut in the style of Nathan's Famous, but these are far superior. Probably my 2nd favorite fries of all time.
A shot of the pickles and slaw.
My egg cream.